HIV Testing Services Intern

Posting Number: #011-23

Position Title: HIV Testing Services Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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INTERN TITLE: HIV Testing Services Intern

HOST ORGANIZATION: Behavioral and Structural Interventions Branch, Prevention, Care and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development

LOCATION: Washington, DC

This position is based in Washington DC, however, due to the pandemic, the work mode is currently virtual. Please note that PHI is authorized to do business in many, but not all, states. If you are not located in or able to work from a state where PHI is registered, you will not be eligible for employment. Please speak with your recruiter to learn more about where PHI is registered.


SALARY:  Full salary range for this position: $51,145 to $72,003 per year. The hiring salary for this position is $1,967.12 bi-weekly based on 100% FTE.


*Estimated start date: May 2023



Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a USAID-supported Global Health talent hub, offering paid fellowships and internships at all career levels. STAR provides participants with immersive experiences at global health organizations and institutions to build capacity and contribute technical expertise to address high-impact needs. STAR Fellows and Interns participate in learning activities to enhance knowledge and skills growth, expand professional networks and support career development. STAR is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI), implemented in partnership with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health).




The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continues to be at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV/AIDS. USAID is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and works closely with other USG agencies on this initiative. This position sits within the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS, in the Prevention, Care and Treatment Division, Behavioral/Structural Interventions Branch.



The HIV Testing Services Intern (Intern) position will be placed in the Behavioral and Structural Interventions Branch, Prevention, Care, and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA/PCT/BSI) within the Bureau for Global Health and will support USAID’s further development and implementation of HIV testing service. The Intern will primarily provide HTS programmatic, policy and technical assistance to directly support OHA HTS-related objectives.

Information on USAID’s work in HIV testing and counseling can be found at


Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with HTS Team Lead and receive technical guidance from the BSI Branch Chief, who will serve as their  Point of Contact.



 By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:

  • Assisting in the development and roll out of various PEPFAR-supported interagency projects and processes focusing on HIV testing services and critical issues along the cascade of HIV treatment, including linkage to HIV treatment from diagnosis and “Test & Start” programming. Some examples include: inter-agency technical briefs on HIVST developments, index testing among virally unsuppressed populations, optimization HTS efforts to reach priority populations.
  • Supporting the HTS Cluster on developing Operational Unit level analytic documents to support Country Clusters. Support tracking of OU level actions and issues. Analysis of country level 1st 90 Gaps to better inform program planning. (Operational Units can be either long term strategy countries, such as South Africa, or a group of countries that make up a regional program, such as the West Africa Region.)
  • Developing ongoing timely synthesis sheets of USAID positioning on critical HTS program areas that include HIVST, Index testing expansion, and Status Neutral HIV Testing.
  • Support the development of OHA requested high level reports and presentations on HTS areas.
  • Preparing literature reviews and other analytical work as requested.
  • Participating in dialogues with the World Health Organization and other multilateral partners involved in HIV testing and counseling work. Contribute to peer reviewed publications on USAID HTS policy and programming impacts and outcomes. HTS literature scans and summaries to help inform HTS Mission personnel.
  • Attending program-related events within and outside USAID as requested.

Essential Duties:

  • Analysis and presentation of HTS program level data for USAID and PEPFAR programming to inform technical decision making and prioritization.
  • Perform rapid literature reviews to compile and communicate best practices and fill key knowledge gaps for USAID and PEPFAR programming and policy.
  • Compile and adapt tools for the field.
  • Work on and assess PEPFAR HIV Testing Services, knowledge translation and ensuring programs are implementing evidence-based best practices.
  • Support USAID Office of HIV/AIDS HTS Priority activities including assisting convening of implementing partner meetings, engagement in Inter-agency technical work, support of online platforms development and technical assistance as needed with HTS activities under USAID agreements and contracts.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with HIV testing programs, experience either studying or implementing HIV programs.
  • Ability to analyze data from different sources/databases utilizing multiple data analytic platforms.
  • Ability to create and present data visuals.
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills, and ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills.
  • This position may require travel. Ability to participate in a field experience, which may involve domestic and/or international travel and overnight stays for up to 2 weeks.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.



The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including learning programs.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to create a profile and upload a CV/resume and cover letter.

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Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.

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